138 Central Avenue,
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The Westfield Cinema was opened as a single screen on November 12, 1971 with “Catlow” starring Yul Brynner. It was twinned in January 1978 when an adjacent sorefront was converted into the second screen. It was your basic small town, no-style 1970’s twin theater. The screens were too small, the auditoriums were long and narrow and the seats weren’t particularly comfortable. Yet, the owners somehow got a steady stream of first-run hits to play there.
Those who grew up in the area have many fond memories of their darkened theaters: our first exposure to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" at a matinee, double date nights with "Body Heat" and scary midnight shows with "The Hills Have Eyes".
Doug Johnson recalls, "The first time I went to the theater it was with my mother to see a re-release of "Gone with the Wind". Shocked at the small size of the theater (especially for such a larger than life film), my mother insisted that it was located on the site of former shoe store. From then on, the theater became known to my family as the ‘Shoebox Cinemas’.
Evidently, the theater is now gone, as an article from the Westfied Leader in the 1990’s stated that a brokerage company had moved into the former site.
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